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SEER-Medicare: Cost of Acquiring Data

The SEER-Medicare data files are created by Information Management Services, Inc. (IMS), the information technology contractor for NCI. Outside researchers are asked to reimburse IMS for the cost of producing the data, as listed below.

The quoted costs are for files containing cancer cases that are newly diagnosed in each year. Other analyses, such as identifying all persons who died of a selected cancer in a year, may require special programming at additional cost. Please note that IMS cannot undertake extensive special programming. Additional cleaning and data modification are the responsibility of the investigator. IMS will begin processing a data request upon receipt of payment. Completed datasets will be shipped by UPS ground.

All charges will be periodically reviewed to determine whether they are fairly recovering IMS's costs and may be changed without notice.

  Cost of Cancer Data File (including Data Production & DVD Media Charges) Cost of Non-cancer Data File (including Data Production & DVD Media Charges)
Entitlement Data
Cancer Cases: Patient Entitlement and Diagnosis Summary File (PEDSF)1 $110 N/A
Non-cancer Cases: Summarized Denominator File (SUMDENOM)2 N/A $60
Claims Files
Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) $110 $60
Carrier Claims (NCH) $85/year $210
Outpatient (OUTPAT) $60/year $210
Home Health Agencies (HHA) $260 $110
Hospice $260 $110
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) $260 $110
Part D Event (PDE) $60/year $210

1: The PEDSF file must be ordered.
2: The SUMDENOM file must be ordered when ordering any non-cancer claim files.

These estimates are for creating data files for one cancer site, such as lung. The cost is multiplied for additional sites:

  • two to four cancer sites: × 2
  • five to seven cancer sites: × 3
  • eight to ten cancer sites: × 4
  • eleven cancer sites or more: × 5

Please note that for all files except NCH, Outpatient, and PDE of SEER-linked cases, the data production costs include all calendar years. For example, the cost of MEDPAR data for 1991 - 2010 is $110. The NCH, Outpatient, and PDE files are large, therefore the production costs for these files are for each calendar year. For example, the charge for 1991 - 2010 NCH claims for one cancer site is $1,700.

Last Modified: 26 Feb 2014